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Hundred Sights of Koenji Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Skin Graft Records
  • ASIN: B00140GXGU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Corey A. Edwards on March 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Koenjihyakkei is the brainchild of one of the most driven and talented drummers, bandleaders, and all around musical geniuses of this century and last: Yoshida Tatsuya. Better known for his drum bass duo Ruins, Koenjihyakkei may be his most amazing achievement yet, combining jazz, prog, punk, traditional music, classical, and more in such a fashion as to create something so unique and amazing as to be indefinable. Think Magma but don't get all worked up expecting dense walls of long, droning obscurity. While Koenjihyakkei is most certainly avant garde, what they are not is boring or terribly difficult to "get". Most of the tracks on this first album not only rock, they're catchy - yet everything else I've said before, as well. I repeat: "unique ... amazing ... indefinable."

A note for those of you who already have the God Mountain version:

Koenjihyakkei's eponymously titled album "Hundred Sights of Koenji" is one of my all time favorite albums. Having been out of print and darned difficult to locate for years, I was thrilled to hear that Skin Graft was rereleasing it stateside. When I read that Yoshida Tatsuya was not only remastering the album but rerecording the drums I was intrigued. While I am not usually a fan of revisionist history, the job that has been done on this album is amazing. It was not so much remastered as completely remixed - and I mean completely. Couple this with the new drum tracks and what you have is not Koenjihyakkei's "Hundred Sights of Koenji" but an almost entirely different album: Koenjihyakkei's "Hundred Sights of Koenji v2", as valid a stand alone from the original album as if it were a live release.

If you already have the God Mountain version of this album, do yourself a favor and pick up Skin Graft's. If you haven't either, pick up Skin Graft's ... then get to work tracking down the original Japanese release. Either way, it'll blow your mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Wemett on October 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent early Koenji. A little Boredoms mixed with OOIOO and perhaps a pinch of Prog Rock for good measure. Sehr gut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikolaus O. Reed on February 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD
And by "impossible" I mean, it made Magma seem tame. Actually, I don't think Koenjihyakkei really sound a lot like Magma, but there's just no point of comparison otherwise. The difference is that Vander can tone it down from time to time. Yoshida on the other hand is just full blast or nothing. The only calm track ("Zoltan", which is gorgeous, by the way) is the one in which Yoshida does not play. Otherwise, this music is just full blast, not just maximalizing the intensity, but also in the complexity of the music. This is music that would sound gimmicky if not for the band's tendency to display jaw-dropping instrumental skill on every second of every song. Two of the members here are members of Ruins and for all the racket those guys make it's incredible how little they have to tone it down to accomodate a full band.

Anyway, as mentioned below, there are two versions of this album. The original is definitely very good, but the remastered Skin Graft version is the one you want. The press release claimed that Yoshida just re-did the drums but this is clearly not true. Different vocal tracks are used and the instrumentation changes on several tracks. The drums crack more and the keyboards are brighter. If anything, it's made the album even crazier than it originally was. Yoshida's drumming is even more out of control this time around, playing rhythms within the regular rhythms. That's the craziest thing about Yoshida - he was pretty much already one of the greatest drummers alive in 1989, but he seems to have gotten better every year. You need this album.
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Format: Audio CD
My first listen was enthralling, capitivating, intense...
Been into Magma and Ruins for close to 10 years and this blew me away!
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